Event Title

Raskolnikov and the Overman

Poster Number

40

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Scott Shinabargar

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

World Languages and Cultures

Location

Richardson Ballroom

Start Date

22-4-2016 2:15 PM

End Date

22-4-2016 4:15 PM

Description

This paper draws parallels with Nietzsche’s overman, as described in his work Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and the ideas of the extraordinary man in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. In following the character Raskolnikov through his murder of an innocent woman and his struggle with believing that he is an extraordinary human himself, the paper explores the ideas of a higher being and whether this achievement is actually possible. It looks at how exactly Raskolnikov fails to achieve extraordinary status, both in his own eyes and in the eyes of Zarathustra, and compares Zarathustra’s idealistic take on war and murder with the realism of the murders in Crime and Punishment. After an in-depth study of these factors, the paper concludes that achievement of the overman is not possible, at least in the complete sense.

Course Assignment

Prometheans and Punks, HONR 232H, Scott Shinabargar

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Apr 22nd, 2:15 PM Apr 22nd, 4:15 PM

Raskolnikov and the Overman

Richardson Ballroom

This paper draws parallels with Nietzsche’s overman, as described in his work Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and the ideas of the extraordinary man in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. In following the character Raskolnikov through his murder of an innocent woman and his struggle with believing that he is an extraordinary human himself, the paper explores the ideas of a higher being and whether this achievement is actually possible. It looks at how exactly Raskolnikov fails to achieve extraordinary status, both in his own eyes and in the eyes of Zarathustra, and compares Zarathustra’s idealistic take on war and murder with the realism of the murders in Crime and Punishment. After an in-depth study of these factors, the paper concludes that achievement of the overman is not possible, at least in the complete sense.